Animals & Attractions

There are four European forest reindeer here at Highland Wildlife Park - Sven, Freya and their daughters Lumi and Kesä.


  • Reindeer live on the grassy plains of the Arctic and sub-Arctic as well as coniferous forests
  • Their large, flat hooves act like snowshoes in the winter, with the hair between their toes stopping snow from clogging them up. During autumn, the hooves harden and develop sharp edges which they use for breaking through snow and ice to find food
  • They are the only deer species in which both the male and female grow antlers
  • Amazingly, reindeer can see ultraviolet light which also helps them to find food during the winter
  • European forest reindeer are much rarer than the common or domestic reindeer 


Here at RZSS, our European forest reindeer are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) which ensures a healthy and genetically diverse population.

Like all the animals in our care, our reindeer are amazing ambassadors for their relatives in the wild and help hundreds of thousands of people connect with nature every year. They encourage visitors to learn about the threats facing wildlife and the action they can take to help create a world where nature is protected, valued, and loved.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for the animals here at the park and work to protect species at risk around the world. From providing expertise in genetics and veterinary health to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

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